I love the feel of stainless steel on the chops, and Ivan's pieces are top quality through and through. He made exactly what I asked him to do, and it allows me to accomplish what I need on my horn. Stainless is the way of the future for mouthpieces!
I've wanted to use a stainless steel mouthpiece for a while now as it simply feels great on the chops and you know it will be the same forever. I love how they really focus the sound and give "HD" clarity to the fronts of notes and the tone quality in general. Ivan made me a piece that truly fit exactly what I was looking for, and it really has enhanced my overall playing experience greatly!
Euphonium, The USAF Band
Hello, my name is Drake Peterson. I am a professional trumpeter based in Los Angeles. I tour all over the US, playing in festivals, studios, and venues.
These mouthpieces literally changed my life. After I discovered I had an allergy after 15 years of playing, I switched to plastic to see if anything would change. Sure enough it did. My range and endurance shot up. Sadly, my tone was not as strong as before because plastic doesn't produce the right overtones. A friend saw what I was going through and gave me a G & W mouthpiece to try out for a few weeks. After 1 day, I was in love. That day my trumpet playing changed. My life changed. I was able to progress in ways I didn't think possible. I went from being a great 3rd trumpeter, to a great 2nd trumpeter.
Shorty after that, my lead chops started to develop and the 1st trumpet book started getting passed my way. I am now a lead player in Latin groups, Big Bands, Pop Bands and many other ensembles. What I didn't know is that when I was playing on conventional mouthpieces, my lips would swell after about 20 minutes, and my range and endurance would go out the window. I was constantly stuck. My advice to anyone is that if you are having any endurance issues, please try a G & W mouthpiece. I have found that many people have this allergy to nickel and other commonly used metals for brass instrument mouthpieces.
I can't thank G & W mouthpieces more for changing my life and making my trumpet career the success it is now. This year I will be playing my G & W mouthpieces at one of the biggest music festivals in the world, Coachella. I will play these for the rest of my life, and I will recommend this product to anyone and everyone till the day I die. Thank you!!!!
I'm not a big equipment guy when it comes to horns and mouthpieces- but I can truly say that changed with mouthpieces the first time I had a Giddings and Webster mouthpiece. On both trumpet and trombone pieces- these just feel good. I feel more comfortable playing on them- which is extremely important especially since I don't get long warmups on road gigs- and that I have to pick the horns up cold mid-show. Every time I use a different mouthpiece, it makes me appreciate the craftsmanship and feel of my Giddings and Webster-- whether on trumpet, valve trombone, baritone horn or even the hoseaphone!!
" I couldn't be happier with my Giddings and Webster Mark 1 mouthpiece. In my job, consistency is key. The mouthpiece responds with the same clarity and projection whether I'm on a concert stage, marching a Friday night Parade, or playing in a trombone quartet. These are the attributes that will keep me playing on Giddings and Webster for many years to come!"
I've been playing Giddings and Webster exclusively since 2005. I've still yet to find any mouthpiece on the market that would make my job easier!
I have known forever that brass mouthpieces have a lot of energy loss. Because of that I wanted to try out steel mouthpieces. I got a full set of the David Hickman line of mouthpieces. I played them for a little while and I loved the rim. It is so comfortable to play. I love the increase in dynamic range on both ends. They have some nice softs.
The problem was that I have played 22 throats for 35 years and these were not that large. I sent an email asking if they would enlarge the throats (I didn't want to mess with steel mouthpieces.) They said send them back and they would enlarge the throats the day they got them. I then asked how much money to send with the set of 4. I was told to send 20 and they would have a burger and beer on me. (Ivan Giddings was very nice about doing this for me.)
I am not impressed often by a business. I am impressed by the customer service and the excellence of craftsmanship that I have seen with the GW mouthpieces.
BTW I love the way my Hickman pieces play. Give steel a chance. They play really well.
Clint 'Pops' McLaughlin
"The response and sound of my GW mouthpiece is beyond belief. It allows me to shape my playing as I please in any playing environment"
Jose Sibaja on the Boston Brass Trumpet Mouthpiece